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Expanding Access to Economic Opportunity in Fast-Growth Metropolitan Areas

May 30, 2014

Many community development initiatives traditionally funded by foundations and the federal government evolved to respond to the economic conditions and barriers facing communities in big cities of the northeast and midwest. But conditions are dramatically different in Houston and other fast-growing metros like it. Neighborhood Centers, Inc. is developing and testing strategies for connecting underserved people to opportunities that reflect the realities of Houston's geography, demographics, and economy. This paper is intended to start a discussion about how these strategies differ from more traditional place-based antipoverty strategies, and how similar approaches may suit other metros like Houston.

The Moynihan Report Revisited

June 1, 2013

The controversial 1965 Moynihan report focused on the roots of black poverty in the U.S. and the decline of the black nuclear family. This report examines the state of black families today, gauging how their circumstances have changed since the 1960s and how they compare with other racial and ethnic groups.

Building Environmentally Sustainable Communities: A Framework for Inclusivity

April 1, 2010

Reviews literature on past inequitable and unsustainable urban development and visions for linking sustainability, opportunity, and inclusion. Analyzes possible metrics for measuring sustainability and access as well as next steps for policy.

Mortgage Interest Deduction

April 1, 2010

Reviews the mortgage interest deduction's fiscal costs, its limitations in subsidizing homeownership, and alternatives. Analyzes the estimated effects of eliminating it, replacing it with alternative tax credits, and limiting the deduction to 28 percent.

Family Mobility and Neighborhood Change: New Evidence and Implications for Community Initiatives

November 2, 2009

Examines how residential mobility affected the composition and traits of ten Making Connections neighborhoods; how the traits of movers, newcomers, and stayers changed; and what the implications are for low-income families and community change efforts.

Vibrant Neighborhoods, Successful Schools: What the Federal Government Can Do to Foster Both

July 29, 2009

Recommends coordinating housing and education policies to create mixed-income neighborhoods with good schools and quality educators, to lower student turnover, and to improve health, nutrition, and school readiness. Presents examples of local initiatives.

Federal Programs for Addressing Low-Income Housing Needs: A Policy Primer

December 1, 2008

Provides an overview of federal rental assistance programs, their scope, and their limitations, with data on recipients by type, region, family income and structure, and race/ethnicity. Outlines policy implications for children and community development.

Making Work Pay Enough: A Decent Standard of Living for Working Families

July 15, 2008

Outlines the needs of low-income working families in meeting everyday living expenses, and proposes reforms and policy initiatives that would both increase incomes and purchasing power and reduce expenditures, especially housing costs.

Assisted Housing Mobility and the Success of Low-Income Minority Families: Lessons for Policy, Practice, and Future Research

March 1, 2008

Based on results from the Gautreaux desegregation and Moving to Opportunity programs, discusses ways to make assisted housing mobility policies more effective in the long term, including experimenting with target populations and placement areas.

Can Escaping From Poor Neighborhoods Increase Employment and Earnings?

March 1, 2008

Examines whether families who moved to lower poverty areas through the Moving to Opportunity program benefited from more opportunities for employment and higher earnings, what factors affected outcomes, and how relocation intervention could be improved.

2006 Housing in the Nation's Capital

October 5, 2006

Explores the interdependent relationship between public school systems and housing markets, and examines the ability of coordinated investment in affordable housing and quality education to revitalize Washington, D.C., metropolitan area neighborhoods.

Federalism After Katrina: How Can Social Programs Respond to a Major Disaster?

June 1, 2006

Explores the policy response to the crisis within each program, lays out the special challenges presented by Hurricane Katrina, and offers a series of recommendations designed to provide more effective responses to disasters in the future.